General News of Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea, says until a voice expert authenticates that the person whose speech is captured on an alleged secret tape recording is really that of Sammy Awuku, one of the NPP’s Deputy Directors of Communication, the needless accusations against the young man should cease.
A tape recording purported to be the voice of Sammy Awuku making derogatory remarks against some of the nine justices of the Supreme Court hearing the election petition and alleging the lives of some of the judges may be in danger, went viral over the weekend.
Though Awuku has categorically denied making any such comments, government says it will treat the issues raised on the tape with the seriousness they deserve, to ensure the safety of every citizen even after the judgment is delivered on August 29, and has even gone further to procure a copy of the tape which it handed over to the police on Tuesday.
But speaking on the issue, Nana Akomea sought to dismiss the content of the alleged tape saying if the NDC can put out that Baba Jamal’s leaked tape which hit the media landscape a couple of years ago was doctored, then Sammy Awuku’s tape should also be treated in like manner.
“They (NDC) told us (Ghanaians) that there is a way to doctor a voice to suit someone when a tape was leaked concerning a deputy minister in their party. They defended him (Baba Jamal). Led by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, they (NDC) organized a press conference to explain the process of doctoring voices.
“…if they (NDC) have been able to do that and are now accusing Sammy Awuku who has also denied (the voice on the tape as his own), let’s wait for an expert to investigate and determine the actual voice on the tape,” he asserted.
Nana Akomea further stated on Asempa FM’s political show that “I don’t see any bad thing about this (the voice)…mind you (host) it’s a private meeting and not a public meeting. If we (NPP bigwigs) meet in close meetings, we do what I term as scores…we predict who among the judges will favour us and who will not base on the perception on the case”
“…If you will recall, before the petition, there were objections made on two (2) or three (3) of the judges. We (NPP) learnt one of the judges was a party chairman in the Volta region. That might be our perception but as the case travelled for over six months now, we might have changed our perception.
“…You are free to hold a perception. The NDC also have their perception about the judges same as the NPP,” he argued.
Nonetheless, he believes the nine-panel judges hearing the case will be fair on the final day despite the petitioner and respondents perception about them.